I will start by saying that this is the Glitter and Gold with stars not balls (and the one with balls was totally better and sparkled more). Not that you can’t work that out from the image, but I needed to get the rant out. The balls were so much sparklier and sparkles are good! Since it is not full of glitter, it is less Glitter and Gold and more Starry Gold but anyway…
I picked this up after finishing my last bag, because you have to smile at a cup of tea full of gold sparkles. I originally was happy when I saw the stars and thought they were cute, but they just don’t dissolve like the balls in the old version of Glitter and Gold so I end up pulling them out of the tea and using them to make my latte look pretty instead.
DAVIDsTEA Glitter and Gold Ingredients
Looking for a little star power? This sweet, spiced black tea is filled with pretty little gold star-shaped sprinkles. Take a sip and the slow suggestion of cinnamon will warm your body. Your toes will tingle and your mind will turn to fireworks, falling stars, late-night seduction. It’s basically magic.
Black tea, lemon peel, sugar sprinkles (sugar, rice flour, partly hydrogenated canola oil , shellac, titanium oxide, iron oxide, potato starch), sugar, cloves, natural and artificial flavouring.
It is a black tea, so regular steeping time of 4-7 minutes with 1.25tsp per 8oz cup at 96°C/204°F
Considering the cinnamon is not listed in the ingredients, it is definitely there and it has a chai taste to the tea. The DAVIDsTEA page even shows it in the ingredient images, so must be under flavouring along with something vanilla-ish. I am pretty sure the star sprinkles in the new Glitter and Gold have similar ingredients to the old gold balls but probably shellac and oxides hardly fall under natural food groups.
The lemon is not really there, but maybe helps mute the cinnamon and cloves so it is not too spicy. This is also helped by the sweetness of the tea which has sugar as well as sugar sprinkles.
The tea in the bottom of the cup is my fault, this cup only holds a small tea ball and I don’t have my steeper with me, but the stars are still undissolved after some time in both the tea and on top of the latte foam. I am almost through this bag (and close to being allowed to buy more tea!) but unless it is glittery again, probably not buying another bag.